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  • Amid Reports EPA Misled Congress, Loebsack Calls for Suspension of Small Refinery Waivers
    Posted in Press Release on May 16, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement in response to media reports that the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) apparently lied to Congress about their justification for the sharp increase in the number of small refinery waivers approved for oil refiners, including refineries owned by large oil companies, such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron Corp. It is reported that the EPA loosened its approval standards in order to make it easier for large oil companie... Read more

  • Loebsack, McMorris Rodgers Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Access to Durable Medical Equipment
    Posted in Press Release on May 15, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare, Rural Development

    Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment (HOME) Access Act of 2019. This legislation would preserve access to durable medical equipment (DME), especially in rural communities, by addressing severe cuts to reimbursement rates. Specifically, this legislation delays the July, 2016 cuts to DME payments in rural areas, which slashed Medicare reimbursement rates by m... Read more

  • Loebsack Joins House Task Force on Rural Broadband
    Posted in Press Release on May 13, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressman Dave Loebsack announced today that he has been named to serve as a member of the new House Task Force on Rural Broadband, which will be chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. The Task Force seeks to provide coordination and leadership to end the rural-digital divide and will work to advance solutions to ensure all Americans have access to high-speed internet by 2025. “The future of economic development in Iowa and ... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Mullin Reintroduce Legislation to Train Communications Tower Workers
    Posted in Press Release on March 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would create a program through the Federal Communications Commission to establish, or expand, job training programs for communications tower service, construction and maintenance. The “Communications Jobs Training Act of 2019” would provide up to $20 million in competitive grants for various universities, community colleges and technical education programs to develop and administer the t... Read more

  • Loebsack Statement on the E15 Rule Moving Forward
    Posted in Press Release on March 12, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the proposed E15 rule, taking the next step toward making E15 available year-round. In October, President Trump had pledged to end the embargo on sales of E15 during the summer months. “I thank Administrator Wheeler for finally taking this step to expand consumer choice at the gas pump by allowing the year-round sale of E15. I encourage all interested I... Read more

  • Reps. Loebsack, Bacon and Sens. Duckworth, Ernst Announce Creation of Global Positioning System (GPS) Caucus
    Posted in Press Release on March 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural Development, Communications

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack (D-IA) and Don Bacon (R-NE) today joined with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) to announce the creation of the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Global Positioning System (GPS) Caucus. The Caucus will focus on discussing the economic, national security and infrastructure benefits of increasingly efficient GPS technology, as well as the risks and oversight challenges that face the GPS industry. “GPS has been an important tool for safely getting pas... Read more

  • Loebsack Applauds $3 Million Investment in Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Route
    Posted in Press Release on February 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today applauded the decision by Amtrak to award $3 million for safety and reliability upgrades to the Southwest Chief route. The Southwest Chief has daily routes from Illinois to California, which travels through southeast Iowa, including a stop in Ft. Madison. Last year, Loebsack joined Congressman Ben Ray Luján and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in sending a letter to Amtrak headquarters expressing support for the Amtrak Southwest Chief line and calling for... Read more

  • Loebsack, LaHood Lead Push for Multi-Year Biodiesel Tax Extension
    Posted in Press Release on February 11, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development, Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

    Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Darin LaHood today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for a multi-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. In a letter to House Leadership, the lawmakers called for swift action in the House to ensure our farmers and producers have the certainty they need to support the more than 60,000 good paying jobs here in the U.S. that are part of the biodiesel industry. A full copy of the letter, signed by 44 Members, can be found here. “We believe in ma... Read more

  • For 11th Time Since Beginning of New Congress, Loebsack Votes to Fund and Reopen the Government
    Posted in Press Release on January 24, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Cleaning up Washington, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement today after he and his democratic colleagues again passed a bill to end the reckless shutdown and get the government working on behalf of the American people. Today’s vote marks the 11th time the US House has voted on legislation to reopen the government since the beginning of the 116th Congress. This bill now heads to the Senate, where Leader McConnell has refused to consider any legislation passed by the House to fund the government, i... Read more

  • With Vote in Favor of USDA Funding Bill, Loebsack Remains Committed to Reopening the Government
    Posted in Press Release on January 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Economy and Jobs, Rural Development

    Congressman Dave Loebsack today voted in favor of the Agriculture Appropriations Bill. This legislation funds the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) along with the SNAP food assistance program. This bill is virtually identical to the bill that passed the Senate last year by a vote of 92-6. It now heads back to the Senate for its consideration. “One of the federal agencies that Iowans rely upon the most is USDA, which processes loans, makes payments and provides other essential services to Iowan... Read more

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